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is back, and the $13 billion bailout in cypress. they want to pay for it by taxing people's bank accounts. dagen: the president will announce his no , nominee for s secretary. another looks at a man's record over at the justice department. connell: the cyber threats, a new report according to an isp, nigeria as being the worst for spam. dagen: the corporate tax burden in the country. who pays the most? those stories and much more coming up in hour on "markets now." ♪ connell: markets are going back to positive. dagen: who has a greater connection than anyone in the building. connell: good morning, nicole. dagen: good morning, yes, my mother and father were born in cypress, but i want to look here at the averages, a lot stemming from what we heard in cypress, them giving a vote to tax the depositors there, and that, in turn, could really pressure europe overall, that vote takes place tomorrow. the banks closed until thursday. the euro is at a four month low, and people are spooked. i mean, that's really what's occurring here, down 45 points for the dow jones industrials, so that's down
is trying to shoot down this tax on a medical device maker. >> the medical device packs is something that is a pretty bipartisan bill. you will not see a lot of bipartisanship there. dagen: brad, final word. do we really know what this will cost us as a nation and individuals? >> we look no further to the entitlements that the government had to perform before obamacare. medicare, renegade is going bust on its own. we created a whole new entitlement program where we could not even administer properly and provide the coverage to those already admitted. it is on a pathway to unsustainability unless something is done to change those programs. i have no confidence that obamacare will have any more success than the two programs i mentioned. dagen: thank you both. the well. connell: senators getting set for a marathon with back-to-back voting. they will be voting on amendments that protect the budgets. dagen: rich edson is live in washington, d.c. with more. rich: most of them are designed to get the other party to take difficult votes. the republican amendment drew more than 30 democrats i
's implementation, the bulk of the taxes are in effect. the benefits and mandates kick in next year. tracy? tracy: clearly, already seeing effects. cvsments you on the scale and tell them how fat you are. you talked about the debt ceiling, what did he say about that? >> i did. one of the next fights comeing up here, we could expect to hit the ceiling this summer in august. he says we're not going to agree to raise the debt ceiling without doing something about entitlements. mcconnell says this brings the president to the table so republicans want an equal number of cuts or more cuts than whatever amount they agreed to raise the debt ceiling by. mcconnell says it's got to come from entitlements because you can't do enough of what we've seen so far, discretionary spending. tracy: they want us off the beach in the summer. we'll have another debt ceiling fight, be here in august sweating it out again. >> yeah, can't wait. tracy: i know, me too. rich, take the vacation now, thanks. >> yeah. tracy: ha-ha, okay, you may want to sit for the next story. members of congress workedded together and passed a
in the mine. the amazing thing is that although the central banks have been taxing myself deposits, giving negative interest rates and by a depreciating currency, like 26% depreciation in last 10 years, the ecb would come out so openly. that is the shocking thing. and of course, people should be very worried about what happened in argentina. they froze deposits and withdrawals so that this could spread. as we look at the united states and europe and the way that the politicians are running the show, it'd heading for disaster. as simpson-bowles said, it is a cancer. there is a time when bank deposits will be threatened if we continue even if the united states and europe -- people go to banks today thinking that it will be okay to. neil: that is a good point. not that it would be imminent or a near-term threat. but the fear is, here is a vulnerable little country where this is looking like a real fear. what about greece? what about portugal? >> i mean, this is western country. the last i heard is that europe is part of the west. >> what is your fear? >> my fear is that if things go awry in
with mandatory spending or comprehensive tax refm. that is what it will take. neil: do you think that bernie marcus, the home depot cofounder, was telling me on fox news, the spenders are using a pr war, the strong stock market, improving economic numbers as jusjustification for more spend. >> i don't buy that, i don't think that the sck marke is as pro efficient -- prefish ent as people think, we don't need to been the budget, the way that the government calculates a balanced budget is a bad joke, we do have to do, we have to start treating the disease, deal with health care costs, deal socialnsurance programs. neil: they are not. they might -- but remind me,er dayhey don't, a new pore added to our -- a few more added to our debt. all unfunded. >> that is right, that is what we need. >> you local starkest terms. >> the full view, if we look at big number, over 70 trillio, if we end up doing -- >> how does that work? >> debt held by public, held by social security medicare trustee fund, and pensions unfunded, arrange of commitment contingency, and unfunded social security and medicare promis
to be a temporary hike of taxes on but made them perm innocent locking in place an 8.8% top rate that could have new york's most productive residents taking eyes, and it's could take a hike, but will. i was thinking of that, will burr, it's another 9% on the top rate, close to 40%, half writeoffs saying nothing of the other taxes. you're paying 50% in taxes right out the gate. what's the deal? >> well, it's disappointing in that the business community, and the temporary increase part of the overall -- neil: must have known it was not temporary. >> well, no, we believed it would be, and went along with it as part of the overall reform, and he did make some good reforms, but this one is quite different. as far as i can see, this is paired with the $350 check being dulled out to sort of upper middle class people, and then -- neil: robbing peter to pay paul. >> yeah. neil: you think you were snickered? >> a direct money transfer from people in one income bracket to people in another income bracket. neil: so here you were trying to be pragmatic of this, this guy might be a different type of democrat, unl
of bankustomers are blowing their talk, with talk of a 10% tax on deposit the money, has a lot of angry customers storming the atm machines but the government has closed banks to avid a bank run, a keeping them close until they sort this out, but the tax is till coming. for cyprus it is about the cost of staying in the euro club, never mind how average i citizes there are getting club. but this is about taxing assets there. something with which we should all be very familiar here. no uncle sam has not hacked into our bank accounts -- yet, but he made a b-line for our other assets like next time we try to sell our home, and obamacare wants 3.8% of the profit for medicare tax. juss like it is tacking medical devices for what it deems exception atrogen -- generous healthy insurance policy. so what is such a big leap going from hitting you up for dollars off fur devices, and hitting you up for dollars off your deposits. none, i tell you cyprus is not isolated. i am telling you, cyprus is a test case, it is starting, it was not only liberal the world over watching. now big brother, everywhere salivati
putting this tax on deposits, what happens from there? what's the fallout? i mean that's a big deal? >> well, i think capital controls at this point is inevitable because even if, even if there is a deal, unless you have capital controls, there is going to be a massive is run on these banks the minute they open. but again, i mean we need to look at what is the alternative here? if you don't do the levy over 100,000 euros, you know, you are going to have a risk of the collapsing of all of these banks, in which case, not only the insured but also the uninsured depositers lose much more because the reality is in cyprus, the level of insured depositers is 180% of gdp which means that unless there is a deal, both insured and uninsured deposits basically evaporate. melissa: okay. lance, let's talk about what are the other options. >> sure. melissa: you talk why has the e.u. not gotten involved? is it their best interest to get involved? because if they don't, doesn't it mean russia sinks their hooks even further into this island nation? they would be the ones to come in and do this bailou
taxes and pay cuts, instead what they did was they taxed bank deposits. they're calling it a tax. a lot of folks are calling it a seizure. here's what's significant. even small depositors below the insurance threshold are going to get hit. the original number for small depositors below 100,000 euros was 6.5%. they're working in parliament right now about shifting that and any other subsequent plan suggests that if you have insured money it will still get hit. what did we see over the week whend this announcement happened on yesterday? runs on the atms at the banks in cypress because they'd shut down the banks as a result of this. they stopped all wire transfers and you also if you tried to take money out they had partitioned out the amount of money that you were supposed to be giveing to the government each though there hasn't been a vote in parliament. why did cypress need a bailout? its banks are bust. the reason the banks in sicypru they bet the greek debt would not be restructured but it was. that's left a lot of them insolvent. the banks in cyprus are huge, eight times the size of
from cyprus and concern about deposits being taxed obviously set off worries on wall street abroad and here at home obviously. sandra: opposite end of the spectrum, jcpenney, the retailers, jcpenney a huge rally today, nicole? >> a couple of reasons. isi group talking about the fact that they might turn into a reit-like entity. oppenheimer talking postively about jcpenney. david: apple, apple, even though the market came down i think apple stayed up about 12 bucks. why are they doing so well on the eve the samsung announcement? >> that is pretty amazing. once the news was out about samsung it took away some uncertainty. apple bucked the trend. sandra: best buy seeing a nice top. that was an up stock on a down day. >> best buy, the last quarter was a great one. they got positive analyst comments as well. jpmorgan initiated coverage with overweight rating. [closing bell rings] david: the bells are ringing. we're not at absolutely postively lowest point of the markets but very close to it as we see a down market. dow jones industrials down 61 points on the beginning of this trading we
my costs down. what's your plan? ishares. low cost and tax efficient. find out why nine out of ten large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. [chanting] right to work has got to go. >> protesteres are lashing out again but the governor is not backing down at all. michigan's right-to-work laws set to kick in a week from today. republican governor rick snyder is here. governor, good to see you. i was mentioning during the break whether when you see yourself portrayed as satan or the devil. >> it's great to be with you. i feel it's part of democracy. it was hired to do a job by my customers, the citizens of the state of michigan, and i'm doing the right thing. it's about workers rights and it's about bringing more jobs to michigan. so i'm just going to do my job. >> neil: we were talking about the possibility of an errant judge overturns this and it's in l
on the failed idea that giving another round of tax cuts will somehow triple down and lift up all the other boats. we know that has not worked. peter: the senate starts its votes on its budget tomorrow. i will start here before i talk about easter bunnies and march madness. connell: we do not want that, peter. we never want you to get into trouble. dagen: that does not get you into trouble with us. we go as far as talking about audio parts. right now we want to talk about funding the government. 68% of americans say it is a problem. connell: monica crowley is here with us today, as is leo kelly. interesting because of what we have seen in the stock market. today, with the market pulling back with all-time highs, it is not really about the stuff peter is reporting about. >> cyprus, his little country that no one really was paying attention to a couple weeks ago certainly has no whole world turned upside down. what the market has really come to expect from washington is delayed until the last minute, but come up with a resolution. the threat goes away each time they do this. dagen: speaking o
on this rich guys did not dodge the tax. now a government has broken precedence, by going after what is in their bank account, how long do you think it will be before governments start sniffing around your bank account. frankly, i believe it's not long. think this country, when first federal income tax was just to blender efforts of world war i but it stuck around. or europe. expanded. what started out as a 4% tax for millionaires is now north of 20%, and en snaring, well, everyone. that is what concerns me about this cyprus tax. what the poor saps will discover when the banks reopen in cyprus, run. can't take their money and the government is watching and limiting, and i am kind of worrying. what is going on in this island nation, is a tsunami. bank on it. literally. to rich edison, in cyprus to this nervous night before, hey, rich. >> good evening neil, you have to imagine, folks without access to their banks account will have some tomorrow 8:30 in the morning. for more than a week these folks had closed banks today there was a bit of a lull, in fact that banks were closed not beca
about cyprus and what they'r they are doing, thet off this decision to tax or confiscate the bank accounts, but what happens now? how will they please those at the imf and the european union? big questions remain and that is why you see the red arrows. but just squeezing out a gain for now. lauren: investors also applied to the safety of u.s. treasuries today rallied for a third day pushing the yield on the 10-year note to a two-week low. david: without the fed announced what they are going to announce on wednesday. oil closing below $93 per barrel, this is the first fall for crude in four sessions, dropping 1.7% settling at $92.16 per barrel. lauren: and you have to look at the retailer's underperforming the market today especially the key names. american eagle, abercrombie and fitch, all falling greater than 3%. david: the stocks are much the same. rejecting the confiscation of bank accounts but there are things going on here in america that are not as friendly. the chief research officer joining us with a disturbing new report, one that shows the united states is falling behind
now, speaking of cyprus, the idea of confiscating people's income after already been taxed sent a chill far beyond cypress. could that happen here? that is question we ask steve forbes, fox chairman and editor-in-chief. he has thoughts on that you don't want to miss coming up on the "countdown to the closing bell" -- "after the bell" [ male announcer ] at his current pace, bob will retire when he's 153, which would be fine if bob were a vampire. but he's not. ♪ he's an architect with two kids and a mortgage. luckily, he found someone who gave him a fresh perspective on hisortfolio. and with some planning and effort, hopefully bob can retire at a more appropriate age. it's not rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. it's just common sense. all stations come over to mithis is for real this time. step seven point two one two. rify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leading companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers. ♪
's so many obligations so many new taxes associated with it. it's incredibly expense simple. it was supposed to lower the cost. it has raised the cost of the premiums for average family, and in the neighborhood of $5,000. this is a disaster. and the real question is, will anybody have the honesty to own up to the fact this is a disaster and saying can we start over again and do this in a reasonable way and get the voices of people who actually know something about how to save money involved? everybody agrees that healthcare reform is necessary. but it needs to be done the right way. neil neil do you think it's too late for that? that this sort of medical ship has sailed and despite all the problems, i don't see the administration trying to draw it back. paul ryan wants to rescind the whole healthcare program and start fresh, but that's unlikely. so given that distinct possibility, what are we left with? >> well, i'm not as pessimistic as you are. i think there is just a slight chance that maybe some people who have pushed this thing forward, can stop for a moment and instead
because of that deposit tax component. now, the president is currently meeting with the leaders of the political parties. of course, what he's trying to do is to strong arm and to persuade them into voting for that deal because the other alternative, yes, that is bankruptcy for this country, which has only 1 million people and only makes up 0.2% of the entire eurozone. the debate and the vote on that bailout deal will be kicking off in around four hours from now at 4:00 p.m. local time. thou, a lot of uncertainty as to what the outcome of the vote will be, given that nobody has a clear majority. having said that, there is, of course, the chance that some of the lawmakers who have been wavering could have been appeased by the talk that some of the taxes for the smallest depositors could be lowered. now, "the wall street journal" has reported that those deposits between zero is and 100,000 euros could be taxed at only 3% as opposed to 6.75% previously. now, the middle bracket would be 100,000 to 500,000 euros. that could be taxed at 10% and then anything in excess of half a millio
've never paid taxes in my life, no one wants to hear that kind of talk. warner: the irs just heard you and you will be hearing from them, man. . >> idiot. warner: very good, nick. connell: good one, nick. imus: never paid taxes in my life. okay. well, what else, warner, anything? >> well, my time is up, thank you. imus: your time is up. wilson pickett would have been 72 years old today. of course, he's not. he did record this before he left us. ♪ mustang sally ♪ ♪ guess you better slow your mustang down ♪ ♪ what i said now ♪ ♪ mustang sally now baby ♪ ♪ oh, lord, guess you better slow your mustang down ♪ ♪ oh yeah, you been running all over town now ♪ ♪ oh, guess i have to put your feet on the ground ♪ ♪ what i said now ♪ ♪ imus in the morning ♪ >> legalized theft in a country you barely heard of and your money takes a hit. good morning, everyone, cyprus is the country. the seizure of private bank deposits is the issue. europe says, if you want more bailout, you cyprus people, then everyone with money in cyprus must pay a tax on all bank deposits ha
, frankly, stop taxes, stop regulations, fewer lawsuits, let's help get small business out of the hole they are in, and it's just a classic example of how very little most of our elected officials understand how a business, a small business is run in america. that's just too bad. neil: all right. we'll watch closely. thank you, all, for your help today. we'll keep a close eye on all the developments and the president's trip and whether this economy is going to go up. tomorrow, a lookat numbers you don't really quite see all the . melissa: i'm melissa francis and here's what's "money" tonight of the as we speak setting themselves up for a run on the bank. cypriot banks closed until next tuesday. people are scrambling to get as much as they can from atms. should you be worried about your money in the bank right now? we'll we'll find out from today's power panel. plus billionaire's take on the pulse of the economy and consumers. landry's is one of the country's largest estaurant and gammably companies. he is here to tell us where he sees the biggest headwinds and opportunities right now.
melissa: welcome. i'm melissa francis. lori: i'm lori i i rothman. voting to delay a tax on the bailout, and now there's reports the finance minister is stepping down. we have reaction with the trading president, the former cypress trade representative to the u.s.. he'll be joining us. >> treasury secretary jack lew meeting with the chinese president on the agenda of growing concerns about china ease role in cyber attacks. melissa: targeting seg represents in new york a week after a judge rejected the ban on large drinks. we get the verdict with the judge andrew going after soda, ear buds, cigarettes, what's next? seriously. lori: only can guess. it is back down to the floor, new hour here on "markets now," and i know cypress is driving action again today. >> it is. we are seeing headlines that the president will be talking with angela merkel, obviously, another development pertaining to what we see in cypress, which then, obviously, really rules the e.u. markets and our markets here at home. yesterday, for example, we lost a lot of money in the global market with all the
, the senate votes to repeal an obamacare tax. there's a headline for you. good morning, everyone. it's the medical device tax and the vote to strike it down 79-20, overwhelming abipartisan, the it helps to fund obamacare, upwards of 40 million people will face huge health insurance cost increases next year. could it be that obamacare is unravelling? don't forget cyprus, civil society is unravelling there. they're running short of gas and basic supplies and they've got 72 hours to come up with big money or else. don't worry, stocks will be up again just a few minutes from now. "varney & company" about to begin. ♪ [ cows moo ] [ sizzling ] more rain... [ thunder rumbles ] ♪ [ male announcer ] when the world moves... futures move first. learn futures from experienced pros with dedicated chats and daily live webinars. and trade with papermoney to test-drive the market. ♪ all on thinkorswim. from td ameritrade. all on thinkorswim. all stations come over to mithis is for real this time. step seven point two one two. rify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. sta
spending and increases taxes, is what the american people voted for back in november? is that what they voted for? >> do you know there's no one that challenges that america's on the road to recovery. if you think for one minute just saying that you are cutting spending, that doesn't mean that you are cutting savings. it doesn't mean you're not -- more money. >> neil: even under the -- we're cutting the growth. are you saying -- >> you're talking about -- jo congressman, yes or no, do you think cutting spending should be a goal? yes or no. >> should i think cutting -- yes, it's how you cut it, of course. everybody believes in cutting. >> neil: what would you cut? >> there's so much money that's already been cut. if we had the obama law, things were cut there. ryan knows it, because he took out the savings we had in the president's bill. even though he's against the bill, somehow he found it that the cutting of savings. >> you're saying what she wants to do is fine with you, even though it effectively calls for more spending, more taxing, and doesn't address these issues? >> i don't
. the european nation wants to tax all bank deposits up to 10% in order to secure a $13 billion bailout for the government. this move is unprecedented, it would basically allow the government to skim the bank accounts of every single person who makes a deposit into a cyprus bank account. if that is not enough, the country has closed all banks until thursday so if the decision is made there will not be anything anybody can do if they have money in the bank. now the world is bracing and waiting. what you should do with your money and with the impact could be. so excited to have you on tonight. university of chicago professor. what a team. let me start with you because i want you to set the scene for us because some people hear this and i think of cyprus is a tiny island, who cares. this could set off a chain reaction around the world, tell me why. >> if you have your bank deposits in another country that is shaky, italy, spain, portugal, and greece, you will say in my the next in line? so what we will be looking for over the next week or at any time or attention turns to a potential crisi
, in the ryan budget takes the taxes and repealing obamacare. what is happening is the complete integrity of our financial system is being called into question. we have the fed printing day and night to provide the monetary support for these fiscal policies, and to hear republicans say, the speaker of the house say, this is not an immediate debt crisis. what the hell does one look like? >> neil: makes you examine, were they trying to say -- calm people down into thinking we're not going to followed like this hour or this day. but by saying not immediate, and agreeing with the president, they give him a negotiating edge. the president says this isn't really like a right-now threat. up to now they've been saying this is a right-now threat. >> i don't think boehner believes it is. i think he has been around a long time. the think he has participated in this for a long time. i don't think he would use this as a crisis, and it is a crisis. paul ryan was on my program over a year ago, and he said we have two years. well, that's over a year ago, so i guess we have about ten months, and i'm surprised at
in the payroll tax, which is absolutely affecting consumers. also, gdp will be faked. corporate earnings will be affected be the rising dollar and slow european recovery, if there is a recovery. and when we look at the storms, many in the northeast have fallen othe weekends, the time that consumers spend most money. and rising gas prices, high energy prices and that saps of what is left in the consumers' pocket. the rosy part is good for florida real estate because you have people leaving high tax states, wanting to move south and run from the cold weather. >> neil: all right. thank you very, very much larry glazer. in boston, one of the few times in the storms we have seen, boston is not going to be that adversely impacted. >>> now we know your bank account ain't safe. they're still going after it in cyprus. but since they're only going after rich bank accounts. no wore for us, says who? get ready because we have somebody who is predicting chaos, and is banking on it, literally. >> neil: this just in. tomorrow we will know whether cyprus residents who can finally get their hands on thei
a silicon valley insider and former yahoo coo daniel rosenzweig on the push for the sales tax. what impact will that have on retailers? you'll want to hear his answer this morning and first, why dollar general can make some sense for your portfolio and take one more look at futures this morning. looking at a pretty decent open for a short workweek this day as we have good friday off here. live from squawk on the street from post 9 when we return. your big picture. but e with the fidelity guided portfolio summary, you choose which accounts to track and use fidelity's analytics to spot trends, gain insights, and figure out what you want to do next. all in one place. i'm meredith stoddard and i helped create the fidelity guided portfolio summary. it's one more innovative reason serious investors are choosing fidelity. now get 200 free trades when you open an account. >>> shares of dollar general rising in pre-market tradex clueding items that yrms 97 cents a share, beating wall street forecasts and revenues essentially in line with the company benefiting from increased food sales and jimmy,
think we need to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana so the -- that's a huge reason, that's a -- i hi we immediate to -- legalize it, tax it, regulate it. >> this idea about useful but overused. i want to explore that idea. because i think that's been the -- that's sort of the line for a lot of people, christine quinn, said that before. previous communications. called it a useful tactic. should we just ban the tactic? should people not get stopped and frisked? >> i disagree. it is -- policing tactic that's been wildly overused. obviously in many cases using it in unconstitutional manner. look, now you need the reform, the approach, and we need a new police commissioner. this is the difference i have certainly with christine quinn who wants to keep ray kelly, ray kelly has been the architect of the overuse and stop and frisk. we need inspector general. when we have had in new york city, think about magnitude here. hundreds of thousands of more stops a year. there was never a vote on that. never a public debate. >> comes back to, again, the need for a new mayor. and a mayor who understa
meltdown. the parliament rejected an unprecedented tax on bank deposits. that was a key part of the eu bailout terms. the finance minister is in moscow today with mounting speculation that russia could step in with a safety plan to safeguard russian deposits in cyprus. steve sedgwick is in moscow where he caught up with the finance minister there an hour or so ago. steve? >> they turned to russians once again. there's a loan on the table from russians dating back from 2011 so it's not the exception to it the rule for the cypriots to turn to the russians. the russians themselves are indignant they weren't brought into talks. let's hear what he had to say earlier on about the state of the current talks. >> first meeting very constructive. very honest discussion. we underscored how difficult the situation is and we'll now continue our discussions to find a solution by which we hope we will get some support from russia. >> in terms of that support, are we talking about a change of terms for the current existing 2.5 billion euro loan and an extension of 5 billion loan in addition to that? >
not confiscate it as cyprus tried to do however there are plenty of ways to get at it. taxes, you're forced to invest in government securities and under the guise of the financial systems, yes, it's a valid concern and the bank defenders will not acknowledge it u and we've got the dow up 39, 40 points at the moment, a shrug from the stock market at the moment. >> yes, it is. stuart: you think this has no impact on the stock market, more on gold and banking stocks, you think? >> i think so, again, what it does, it calls into question the integrity of the financial community and that's what central bankers and legislators fear most. it's not the markets themselves, it's fear of the market and fear of stability because that is what drives confidence and one thing that bernanke can't afford to lose right now. stuart: here is what i think might happen. a no vote, the russians step in, europe says we can't have russia, and they step in. >> i think a power play and progression of events, but i would not count out the chinese in this one. stuart: keith fitz-gerald. thanks. the latest proposal from
in response to cypress' plan for a deposit tax. now it seems like we're shrugging off those headlines. now, shares of hewlett-packard and verizon are helping the dow recover some grounds after upgrades from morgan stanley. verizon actually hitting more than an 11.5-year high today. there's the stock, up 87 cents, 48.89, as you can see on your screen. we're not getting any help from financials today. it's the worst performing sector following suit with some of these european banking counterparts. check out some of these euro financial names that are actually trading here in this country. they're getting knocked down. royal bank of scotland, create suisse, deutsche bank, ubs, war clays, all -- barclays, all of these stocks substantially lower in this country. s&p 500, we are still within striking distance of the record high despite moving lower today, the s&p down more than almost five points as you can see on your screen. is it going to happen this week? are we going to get that big number? we're looking for 1565.15. so close. as always. let's get right to our floor show. we've got traders
and the latest deposit tax scheme. happy anniversary, apple dividend and it was a year ago when the tech giant announced its dividend in 17 years. will apple succumb to the bigger payout as it faces stiffer competition from samsung. lululemon doing the downward facing dog with the transparency with the iconic black yoga pants prompting the retailer to cut sales guidance and boeing clinches an order from ryanair. of course, we begin with the markets. the dow and the s&p 500 hoping to avoid their first three-day losing streak of the year. wall street will be paying close attention in about three hours from now. that country's parliament scheduled to vote on a proposed tax on bank deposits and the controversial measure appears set to go down in defeat. here in the u.s., policymakers begin a two-day meeting in which they're expected to hold current policy. this is one of the meetings where we will get a press conference and people will be hanging on every word and every use of every adjective coming out of the fed chairman's mouth. are you expecting anything? >> i think that, frankly, we are looki
cypress? >> anything is possible. you know, i think the outrage over this deposit tax is about the honesty of the approach. if you think about it, citizens around the world suffer from that tax. in the united states, how long have we had 0 #% interest rates in the united states? how much money have savers lost who keep money inthe bank because they have not received interest on deposits all these years? what about prices? because the federal reserve does quantitative easing, food prices go up, gas prices up, and deposits lose value. at least with the tax in cypress, it was more honest. the government up front saying we're going to take your money. we're doing it secretly, and i think the honest approach is better. shibani: they make parallels in cypress, and what you mentioned happens here in the u.s., but the levy on bank deposits, this is what is causing a storm, and it's really getting people upset. are you concerned about any kind of precedence this could bring into the industry into europe and what it could do to banking confidence as a whole because when you start to have runs on ban
going to go back to the original plan of taxing deposits. i am toll that's not going to be submitted to the troika. that may be the pipe dream of some in parliament. ladies and gentlemen, back to you. >> thanks, michelle. i was looking at the european bourses and i mean, if they can't sell off on this, and it's on -- you know, it's 0.2% of their economy and, you know, we're worried about whether there's any ripple all the way over to us. >> it may want be an instant market reaction, though. it may be something that's more of a concern about whether there would be other countries that step out of the eu. >> don't you think the markets could anticipate whether there would be further trouble or not? >> i don't know. i think this is -- >> we would be seeing it if it was really -- if they he can't sell off in europe, we shouldn't be looking at it at all for our markets here. >> no. michelle, what's that? >> i know you're over there, but you don't care. >> the one ripple effect i can think of is -- the one ripple effect i can think of is that if when they wind down this bank, there's some
banks. well, the people protested and lawmakers unanimously voted no, no taxes on private accounts. so now what? welcome to the rescue. the country has 20 billion in cypriot banks and wants to top the natural gas reserves. the finance energy advisors immediately hopped on a plane to russia. move over, harrison ford, vladimir putin might be the hero of this story. "varney & company" is about to begin. and save your money. joe doesn't know it yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef bere opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early, he'll find se good people to help guide him, and he'll set money aside from his first day of work to his last, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. >> it's wednesday, march 20th, the first day of spring. well, the season may change, but the same winds are blowing in washington. the white house continues to insist on maximum pain from sequester cuts. we're seeing more cuts used for political reasons instead of cutting back on things we don't need
taxes on the wealthy, put through a payroll tax increase, entitlements. we've got two out of three going. we had the president and congress raising taxes on the wealthy. i don't think bernanke wants to be the fed of 1937 because the recession came back aggressively and it was only world war ii that made the hiring come back. he doesn't want to be the guy -- he'd rather be second-guessed by all the bears who come on and say he's got to tighten because my short positions aren't making any money. he's not responding to the people who are short. he's actually responding to the american people. old-fashioned kind of guy. >> in terms of the reaction in the markets after the ben bernanke news conference, was that surprising at all that, for whatever reason, for whatever he said, the markets managed to rise and actually reached the highs of the day afterwards? >> i think there were a lot of people who expected that he would put in some language that just says, we're not going to keep rates low indefinitely because we see real estate, affordability is fantastic. you pick up the front page of the
them properly now. so, i say use that $2,500 properly. it's a tax break. you should use it for what i call nonessential services. if you're not sick, figure out in advance, what can i use it for? >> neil: prescription -- >> prescription, trips to the doctor when you're not sick. when you're going into the hospital you want your health insurance to kick in. if not, you can use our flex spending account. >> neil: a lot of is just common sense, talking to your doctor. >> you'd be surprised how many people don't. ask your doctor, are you going to take obamacare insurance? medicare and medicaid? half the doctors in the country are not taking medicaid. >> i notice a lot of your colleagues are not dealing with insurance, give you the bill and pay in cash. and. >> you can have a negotiation before you could in. doc, your bill says $400 but maybe you'll see me for 200. doctors love cash. >> neil: what if they cut back on the care? i've never done this with my doctor before. cheap skate, you're going to get half the quality. >> that's the wrong doctor. you don't want to -- >> neil: my doctor's
,000 in the bank entirely to those under 100,000 and to keep the tax at 9.9% for those above 100,000 euros in their accounts. if it doesn't sound much different from the original plan, it's not. it basically exempts those with less than 20,000. on the back of that, we did see markets weak. elsewhere, there has been a weakening, but realively contained one. the ftse mib in italy is down 0.3%. the xetra dax is down by 0.5%. france is weaker. the ftse, as well, down about 0.25%. not too far off the levels we've seen this morning. german economic sentiment did come in roughly in line with expectations, so that helps to keep the bid in the euro, as well. here is the different between spain and italy. italy's ten-year selling off a bit. yield up to 4.66%. spain rallying. it did go to market with three nine-month yields this morning. still below 5%. i mentioned what was happening with the euro. let's take a look now as it continues to go through the different pieces of economic data we're getting this morning. it's still down about 0.11%. yesterday, it was actually stronger. so markets generally
their cards at the westin unit locations and also allow them -- i give you an example. jesus to give the tax refunds -- choose us to give that tax returns and let the cardholder's then can use cash. >> reporter: one of the things you take advantage of is that trust factor. people still distressed credit card and mobile technology, and you're able to leverage that. >> a system which the people can go online shopping endo use their cards and go to western union location, pay cash to get their goods. >> reporter: you just came in from the sea and air headed to munich and then going to is ten boat. in every place around the globe. overall picture? >> our perception of overall, it's getting better, would not say that that is a big turnaround. it is still challenging. this service industry is getting better. the construction industry is getting a little bit better. the u.s. is a very good position. europe is still of the challenging position, democratic issues. it's challenging in europe and russia and japan, but i would say that is better -- i'm cautiously optimistic. >> reporter: we like that. e
tax on the large depositors which would lead to a tax of around 15% or 16%. or they can basically restructure their two bad banks. it would be very simple to do that. what would happen is the banks would write off all their equity, write-off their senior debt, write-off their dpovt subordinated debt. and then the large depositors would president owners of the new bank and convert. >> narrator: between 50% and 30% of their new depositors in the banks. >> could they say we don't want to do anything of those? >> certainly they can choose to do that. i don't think that's necessary. basically, if they do nothing, and the ecb carries through with its policy of cutting off liquidity on monday, they will have no choice but to restructure the two banks. >> are you surprised to see lines forming? >> no. depositors are frightened for their money. they've been told there's a high likelihood of the banks closing and staying closed for a period of time. in fact, the lines are not as long as i would have expected them. >> wow. interesting 30i7b9. i had a discussion with simon hobbs, my colleague
. no presidential leadership yet for a grand bargain. no sense that we can reform the tax system and entitlements. perform defense and have a rational rational and reasonable defense. >> why in the world is the president of the united states not moving forward with a budget that would be a blueprint to resolving those proposals? >> the words that seem to be operative here are cowardice or opportunism. it has to be one of the two. >> to do the wrong thing continually is not the act of a coward. lou: are you saying that the president is incapable of doing the right thing? >> i'm comparing how talented this manis. >> why doesn't he apply that? >> you know, that turns out to be laughable. the odds are empirically before him. you know, that is just unreasonable. >> there is another word we are leaving out, which is ideology. the republicans are rightly not going to agree with at. >> i think that when the senate passes a bll, you hammer things out. the one you want regular order. >> that is right. lou: all right, my goodness. i do want ou to chat with me about the balanced budget. he does it in five ye
of illicit money. stuart: russian mob money. >> and russian tax money. stuart: i was going to ask, this mob they have taken, somehow siphoned money off the russians. when i think of mob i think of prostitution and illegal gambling. in russia, it's siphoning off money. >> yes, you have magnates that don't want irs scrutiny, swiss scrutiny, cyprus is the place to go. it's not just traditional mobsters, there's a nexis in moscow between putin's russia between the officials and corrupt individuals. stuart: go on and say it, is putin pals with the mob? >> you would think he wouldn't mind. if people who are skirting russian taxes, hiding money in cyprus were getting a 10% haircut, you'd think he wouldn't mind, but he's upset and the cypriot foreign minister is grovelling. >> and here you say they're saying they're going to grab some of the mob money, the germans told them to do that. >> that's right, angela merkel saying, eat your vegetables, beyond keynesian, a money grab. and ecb and imf as well all of these bad actors. >> you've got cyprus playing off the russian mob and angela merkel of germa
to collect sales tax from all out of state internet retailers will take place in the senate today. inevitably, it has a lot of support from the big box retailers in particular. let's bring in john harwood who is live from d.c. though this may just be a symbolic vote, weir to are told john. >> symbolic, but not meaningl s meaningless. it's a spring training of sorts to test opinion within congress on various causes. we saw a vote yesterday on the budget resolution, on the repeal of a medical device tax that was included to help finance the national health care law in the early part of the obama administration. the reason it's spring training is that budget resolutions themselves are not lost. so these are not binding votes, but they're a way to test sent ims for what they make later on and that's what we're seeing on the online sales tax situation. 48 states already have laws on the books requiring online retailers to collect state sales tax, but those laws are often ignored and you have a bill that has some bipartisan support that would require all states to collect those taxes. if split, th
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